Dodgertown, Utah

 

tl_ogden_team.jpgI Love Ogden!

I am here in Ogden for two reasons: the first is we have our Rookie-Advanced team here so I’m working with the players and coaches.  The second is the Ogden Raptors are retiring my jersey, inducting me into the Ogden Professional Baseball Wall of Fame, and the mayor will proclaim July 10 as Tommy Lasorda Day in Ogden.

I managed here for three years (1966-68) and loved it.  We worked our tails off, played great baseball and made lifelong friendships and memories.

The people here are so kind, and the ballpark is beautiful.  There is a mountain range in the background beyond center field that is breathtaking.

In the eight years I managed in the minor leagues I sent 73 players to the big leagues.  While in Ogden I sent 14 players up, nine of which played for the Dodgers.

And we won the Pioneer League championship all three of the years I managed here.

How sweet it is; the fruits of victory.

In tomorrow’s blog I will share a story or two about those days, which I loved.

4 Comments

It?s too good of you to share your experiences with us. It was very inspiring especially, when you help some of your skillful players to be train and play the chance of a lifetime. I know your people will always remember you and be forever thankful. In relation to sports world (football), the death of Steve McNair is a tragedy. Many would want to hear, what would possibly happen to Steve McNair’s sons. Although speculation about family affairs of families that are not our own, there are still heavy internet searches for Sahel Kazemi pictures and a Michelle McNair picture, and some people are putting personal loans into coverage of the incident. Let?s just hope these kids would survive and overcome the tragic death of their dad.

Dear Mr. Lasorda,

See that picture reminded me of a team picture I have that shows my Great Uncle Lee Scott. It prompted me to say hello and ask if you knew my Great Uncle Lee? I know it has been some time since he past but seeing this photo and some old photos of him I have with the Dodgers in the 50″s made me want to ask the question…I was once lucky to have him take me on the field at Shea Stadium and shake hands with Tommy Davis my hero at the time..I grew up in Brooklyn and was always a Dodger fan..Hopefully you will see this and respond.

Be well and safe

Don Salerno
donald.salerno@ge.com

Dear Mr. Lasorda,

I live in Ogden and actually work in a building right across the street from Linquist Field. I’ve had the pleasure of shaking your hand at a raptors game in the past. It’s great that you come back here where your baseball roots are and talk to the fans. I know everyone really gets excited when you’re in attendance.

I was wondering if you have any more Ogden Dodgers photos that you could post? I’ve searched hard over the internet and only found a few. I’d also like to see old John Afflack field since my Dad played there back in college and I can’t seem to find any photos anywhere.

Hope to see you at a future raptors game soon.

Best regards,

Bryan
bryan@brygreen.com

Dear Mr. Lasorda,

I live in Ogden and actually work in a building right across the street from Linquist Field. I’ve had the pleasure of shaking your hand at a raptors game in the past. It’s great that you come back here where your baseball roots are and talk to the fans. I know everyone really gets excited when you’re in attendance.

I was wondering if you have any more Ogden Dodgers photos that you could post? I’ve searched hard over the internet and only found a few. I’d also like to see old John Afflack field since my Dad played there back in college and I can’t seem to find any photos anywhere.

Hope to see you at a future raptors game soon.

Best regards,

Bryan
bryan@brygreen.com

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